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What 6 stars who passed away told us about depression and suicide

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

What stars who passed away told us about depression

It is interesting to take a look at what stars that took their own life had to say about depression and learn from their words.

1. Robin Williams’ quotes about depression

robin williams told us about depression

On August 11th, 2014 Robin Williams, one of most famous and beloved movie stars committed suicide. It is still difficult to believe he is not amongst us anymore. During his life he had to deal with addiction, health issues, and according to some sources, he was also depressed. During his life Robin Williams left us several beautiful quotes about mental health. Let’s listen to what he has to say about depression:

“If you’re that depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem.”

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.”

“You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

2. Chester Bennington talking about depression

Chester Bennington told us about depression

Chester Bennington, the beloved lead singer of Linkin Park, took his own life on July 20th, 2017 after struggling with depression, and poor health. His single “Heavy” covers the subject of depression. Let’s read what he said about depression during an interview he gave to a Californian radio station in February 2017:

“I don’t know if anybody out there can relate, but I have a hard time with life… sometimes,”

“Sometimes it’s great, but a lot of times for me, it’s really hard. And no matter how I’m feeling, I always find myself struggling with certain patterns of behavior… I find myself stuck in the same thing that keeps repeating over and over again, and I’m just, like, ‘How did I end up…? How am I in this?’ And it’s that moment where you’re in it and then you can just separate yourself from that situation and you look at it and you see it for what it is and you’re able to then do something about it; you’ve now broken out of that circle, that cycle.”

“I know that for me, when I’m inside myself, when I’m in my own head, it gets… This place right here (points to his head), this skull between my ears, that is a bad neighborhood, and I should not be in there alone. I can’t be in there by myself. It’s insane! It’s crazy in here. This is a bad place for me to be by myself. And so when I’m in that, my whole life gets thrown off. If I’m in there, I don’t say nice things to myself. There’s another Chester in there that wants to take me down.”


“I find that, it could be… whether it’s substances or whether it’s behavior or whether it’s depressive stuff, or whatever it is, if I’m not actively doing… getting out of myself and being with other people, like being a dad, being a husband, being a bandmate, being a friend, helping someone out… If I’m out of myself, I’m great. If I’m inside all the time, I’m horrible — I’m a mess. And so for me, it’s kind of like that was kind of where the ‘I don’t like my mind right now / Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary…’ That was where that came from for me.”

“I drive myself nuts actually thinking that all these are real problems. All the stuff that’s going on (in my head) is actually just… I’m doing this to myself, regardless of whatever that thing is. So this is that conscious awareness of that thing. When you can step back and look at something, you’re actually elevating yourself consciously, you’re enlightened at that point, to a certain degree. And so this is that moment of enlightenment, where you go, ‘I could do something about this, and by doing it, I can move forward and get unstuck from this, and I can actually…’ For me, I can live with life on life’s terms. I can experience the whole spectrum of humanity and not want to get out of it, whether it’s happiness, sadness or whatever. When I’m in it, I just want to get out of however I’m feeling, no matter what it is,”

“This time last year, I was a mess, a total wreck. I think for a lot of people, they think if you’re successful, all of a sudden you get some card in the mail that says you’re going to be totally satisfied and happy for the rest of your life. It doesn’t happen like that. Life, for me, happens the way it always (has)… The only difference is I’m in Linkin Park. What goes on inside my head has always been this way for me. So when I’m not working on that, my life gets messy. And that’s kind of how the inspiration for all these songs came from, conversations about life and what was going on, as friends, as husbands, as fathers, as… whatever… business partners,”

“We were all talking about what was going on in all aspects of our lives at certain times throughout the process of this record, and we realized, man, we’ve all gone through some really crazy stuff. And we don’t need to find a source of inspiration, like, ‘What’s this record about?’ This is our life.”

“We always have written about our lives, and that should just be enough. We don’t need to find some new thing. Life is always throwing these curveballs at you, whether they’re good or bad, it just happens. And eventually, what I’ve found is, especially with the bad stuff, because that’s the stuff that sticks to me a little bit more, coming out at the other side and being, like, ‘Man, I’m a better person because of that.’ Or, ‘I’m more compassionate because of that.’ Or, ‘I feel like I can understand people or humanity a little bit differently because I’ve been through some pretty crazy stuff.’ And that’s a positive. So finding a positive in all these things, that’s what we always try to do, but we still talk about the feelings we had going through all these different circumstances.”

3. Anthony Bourdain talking about depression

anthony bourdain told us about depression

After struggling with substance abuse and depression the great American chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life in his room at the Le Chambard hotel in France on June 8, 2018. In 2016, during the filming of his show “Parts Unknown” in Argentina, he opened up about his depression, let’s listen to him:

“I will find myself in an airport, for instance, and I’ll order an airport hamburger. It’s an insignificant thing, it’s a small thing, it’s a hamburger, but it’s not a good one. Suddenly I look at the hamburger and I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days.”

“I feel kind of like a freak, and I feel very isolated. I communicate for a living but I’m terrible at communicating with people I care about.”

“There’s the evil hamburger that sets me off, suddenly I’m super depressed for days. It’s like that with the good stuff too. I have a couple of happy minutes there where I’m thinking, ‘ahh. Life is pretty good.'”

4. Amy Winehouse’s quotes about depression

amy winehouse told us about depression

On July 12th, 2011 one of the greatest English singer-songwriters died from alcohol poisoning after struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. Amy Winehouse battled with addiction, bulimia, depression, and self-harm. In the documentary “Amy, the girl behind the name” we can see her opening up about her depression:

“I don’t think I knew what depression was. I knew I felt funny sometimes, and I was different. I think it’s a musician thing, that’s why I write music,”

  “But I’m not like, some messed up person. There’s a lot of people that suffer depression that don’t have an outlet. They can’t pick up a guitar for an hour and feel better.”

In an interview on the “The Album Chart Show” Amy Winehouse also talked about her manic depression:

“I do drink a lot. I think it’s symptomatic of my depression,”

“I’m manic depressive, I’m not an alcoholic, which sounds like an alcoholic in denial.”

“The song “Rehab” cited a real plea by my friends and father to seek treatment”

What stars who passed away told us about suicide

Let’s also take a look at what stars that took their own life had to say about suicide when they were still alive.

5. What Keith Flint said about suicide

Keith Flint told us about suicide

On March 4th, 2019 just after 8:10 a.m. Keith Flint, the front man of the dance group The Prodigy, was found death by the Essex Police at his home. Keith Flint struggled with his mental health. He told FHM that the early 2000’s were a difficult period for him and he opened up about suicide:

 “It was a dark period… I was drinking and taking too many drugs.

“The problem is, you’ve got shitloads of cash and shitloads of time and all you’re doing is looking for a buzz.

“I got to the point where I had to stop. I didn’t want to be a jabbering wreck.”

“I’m not saving up for anything. I’m cashing it all now.

“I’ve always had this thing inside me that, when I’m done, I’ll kill myself.”

 “I swear to God that’s not suicidal, it’s definitely a positive thing.”

 “The moment I start shitting the bed is when you’ll see me on the front of a bus.”

The Omen singer then smiled and added: “I think I’m very generous of spirit with the people I love, but I can also be a very selfish person too.

“I’ve grown up knowing nobody is going to look after me, so if I don’t, who is?

“I’m not frightened of who I am; I just want to look back and know that I’ve lived what I consider a fulfilled life. That’s all. Happy days.”

6. What Kurt Cobain wrote in his suicide note

kurt cobain told us about suicide

The legendary American rock icon and lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain was found death at his home in Seattle on April 5th, 1994. The police concluded that the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot. Kurt Cobain struggled with substance abuse and mental illness. He left a suicide note that reads as follows:

“To Boddah

Speaking from the tongue of an experienced simpleton who obviously would rather be an emasculated, infantile complain-ee. This note should be pretty easy to understand.

All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community has proven to be very true. I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music along with reading and writing for too many years now. I feel guilty beyond words about these things.

For example, when we’re back stage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins, it doesn’t affect me the way in which it did for Freddie Mercury, who seemed to love, relish in the love and adoration from the crowd which is something I totally admire and envy. The fact is, I can’t fool you, any one of you. It simply isn’t fair to you or me. The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I’m having 100% fun. Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage. I’ve tried everything within my power to appreciate it (and I do, God, believe me, I do, but it’s not enough). I appreciate the fact that I and we have affected and entertained a lot of people. It must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they’re gone. I’m too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasms I once had as a child.

On our last 3 tours, I’ve had a much better appreciation for all the people I’ve known personally, and as fans of our music, but I still can’t get over the frustration, the guilt and empathy I have for everyone. There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much, so much that it makes me feel too fucking sad. The sad little, sensitive, unappreciative, Pisces, Jesus man. Why don’t you just enjoy it? I don’t know!

I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what I used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm. And that terrifies me to the point to where I can barely function. I can’t stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I’ve become.

I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general. Only because it seems so easy for people to get along that have empathy. Only because I love and feel sorry for people too much I guess.

Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.

Peace, love, empathy.
Kurt Cobain

Frances and Courtney, I’ll be at your alter.
Please keep going Courtney, for Frances.
For her life, which will be so much happier without me.
I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!

Feeling depressed, lost or alone? Get help, and talk with someone now.


acl.gov: Robin Williams raising awareness about depression

good.is: Robin, we miss you

loudwire.com: Chester Bennington: depths, depression, and suicide

pop culture.com: Anthony Bourdain opened up about depression in Parts Unknown

NME.com: Amy Winhouse: addiction, eating disorders and manic depression

express.co.uk: Keith Flint about mental health and suicide

all thats interesting.com: Kunt Cobain, suicide note

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